International Briefs, June 12, 2018

June 12, 2018
A roundup of vendor and operator news from around the globe. Today's edition focuses on Europe.

A roundup of vendor and operator news from around the globe. Today's edition focuses on Europe.


Danish cable operator Stofa has trialed DOCSIS 3.1 Remote PHY using Microsemi's (NASDAQ:MCHP) TimeProvider 4100 IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clock. DOCSIS 3.1 specifies synchronization requirements based on the IEEE 1588 v2 standard, whereby the cable modem termination system (CMTS) and the Remote PHY devices (RPDs) act as IEEE-1588 v2 slaves with 1 millisecond phase alignment.


Swedish cable operator Com Hem has selected Digital Testing to provide automated testing and service validation for the operator's new Tv Hub set-top box.

Com Hem's Tv Hub is an Android TV UltraHD/4K hybrid set-top, an Android N deployment based on Android TV Operator Tier, with integrated Google TV services. Com Hem plans to use Eurofins' cloud-based TestWizard system to automate testing and provide performance monitoring for quality assurance across Com Hem's two technologically discrete and separately branded services, Com Hem Play and Boxer.


Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYA) has selected VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES optical nodes (BOOSTRAL) and amplifiers (HARGON) to roll out its services across Europe. The implemented solutions are compliant with DOCSIS 3.1 and allow downstream frequency up to 1.2 GHz.

"We strive to make a reality of the ultrafast broadband in Europe," said Colin Buchner, managing director, access network, Liberty Global. "Therefore, to deliver a wide range of new consumer and business services and to pave the path to gigabit speed tiers across our HFC network we need a reliable partner with substantial experience and expertise in the cable market. VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES has proven long partnership with Liberty Global concerning quality, lead times and technical support, while aligning with our long-range roadmap. We firmly believe that our cooperation with VECTOR TECHNOLOGIES will unlock joint capabilities to bring leading-edge and disruptive solutions that support future implementations."

The Netherlands

Belgian pay TV operator VOO has selected Alticast's AltiPlatform as its next generation of set-top box middleware. Alticast will act as the master system integrator and will upgrade VOO's existing évasion boxes with its AltiPlatform middleware while complementing VOO's existing backend with components from its modular video service platform, Ambient TV.

VOO serves the French-speaking regions of Belgium, including Brussels, with high-speed Internet, digital TV, and both landline and mobile phone services.

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